Foreshadowing is a tricky thing. Make it too obvious, and the audience will only roll their eyes when you finally get to the big reveal. But if you're too subtle, then nobody will notice and no one will appreciate how clever you are and write fawning list articles about you on comedy sites. And if you can't have that, then what's the point in living? Ask these folks, since they got it right.
Oh man, remember that awesome hyperspeed kamikaze attack in The Last Jedi? Of course you do; it was the best part of the movie. And you can tell that Rian Johnson was proud of that scene too, because he made sure to hint at it as early as possible.
During the film's opening battle, the First Order manages to wipe out the entire leadership of the Resistance by destroying the bridge of the starship that they're on. Everyone is killed save Leia, who is jettisoned into space, facing certain doom ... that is, until she flies back aboard using those Force powers everybody keeps forgetting about.
As she glides through the destroyed bridge, Leia passes through a hologram of the Supremacy, the flagship of the First Order ... in pretty much the same place which Holdo nails on the real ship later in the story.
In 2017, movie fans rejoiced as Wolverine finally got the the R-rated superhero western that he'd deserved for so long ... only for him to die at the end of it.
Oh, you think that was a spoiler? You must not have been paying attention. They told you this was going to happen two movies ago.
In 2013's The Wolverine, which you may or may not have totally forgot about it until right now, Logan teams up with Yukio, a mutant who has the ability to see how people will die. How does she describe Logan's death? "I see you on your back. There's blood everywhere. You're holding your own heart in your hand."
That line comes back later in the movie when Logan is forced to operate on his own heart (it's a long story) and starts to slip away. So holy hell, this is it, this is what the prophecy warned us about ... except no, he makes it in the end. Prophecy averted! Or ... was it? Years later, Logan ends with Wolverine on his back (check), bleeding out (check), and holding his heart in his hand -- that is, the hand of his clone/daughter, X-23 (check, check, and check).
We're not reaching for straws here. This has been confirmed by none other than James Mangold, the director of Wolverine and Logan, who said that this was the plan all along.
One of the biggest surprises in Deadpool 2 was the appearance of the Juggernaut as the gang's final antagonist. Now, to be fair, Deadpool breaks the fourth wall to set this up in an earlier scene, telling his young friend: "There's a monster in the basement, next to a steaming pile of foreshadowing."
But that's the easy one. Maybe you missed the foreshadowing that happened waaaay before that.
The first trailer for Deadpool 2 wasn't really a trailer at all, but an extended riff on Bob Ross' The Joy Of Painting. Halfway through, a red and white blob mysteriously appears on DP's canvas, which he attributes to drugs. But some fans who watched that trailer took it as a subtle confirmation that yes, Juggernaut was appearing soon.
This theory is confirmed in the movie's end credits, which see Deadpool standing in front of a canvas featuring a drawing of Juggernaut with the caption "Nice Juggs" -- obviously a reference to wet-on-wet painting.
Midway through Captain America, Hugo Weaving's Herr Schmidt rips off his face and reveals that he has a red skull. Attentive comic book fans know that the redness of this skull hints at the true identity of Schmidt's character: Crimson Cranium.
The scene was supposed to be a surprise, but we really should have seen it coming. The movie opens with Schmidt executing someone, getting blood sprayed all over his badge. A badge in the shape of ... a beautiful daisy.
It's a little heavy-handed, but the movie tries again in a much subtler way later. Schmidt is having his portrait painted, and while we don't see his face, we do see a palette ...
The first episode of Steven Universe is about the titular character discovering that his favorite brand of ice cream sandwich has been discontinued, while the second sees him and the Crystal Gems (the collective name for his three guardians, Pearl, Amethyst, and Garnet) investigating and destroying a mysterious eye-shaped craft hovering above their town.
This encounter is the first hint at the show's larger plot. The Crystal Gems are aliens who rebelled against their conformist home world in order to stop the destruction of all life on Earth -- a conflict that ended in stalemate, but left them outsiders from their own race. This takes a few episodes to get into, but viewers had enough clues to piece together the storyline right from the start
Remember the ice cream sandwich episode? You dismissed it as lighthearted fluff, didn't you? In this clip, Steven recites the brand's jingle and check this shit out:
Oh, he's a frozen treat with an all-new taste
'Cause he came to this planet from outer space.
A refugee of an interstellar war
But now he's at your local grocery store.
He left his family behind
That's a ... strangely dark backstory for the fictional mascot of an ice cream sandwich. But once you know the larger plot, it makes perfect sense. There's also another clue in the title sequence. The book Connie's holding is clearly meant to be A Wrinkle In Time ...
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A Wrinkle In Time is about a nerdy girl and a socially awkward boy who team up with three aliens in order to save the Universe from a planet that values conformity. Huh, that sounds kinda familiar a...
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